Health and safety

Holcim believes that a safe and healthy workplace is a prerequisite for motivated, productive and committed people. It’s a key feature of a leading organization today and is Holcim’s most important priority. We expect our line managers to earn their “license to lead” by demonstrating visible leadership to bring about positive behavior changes throughout the organization. 

We continue working hard to strengthen the safety competence of the line management and the Health and Safety function itself. 


Safety performance

  • In 2014 Holcim achieved a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for direct employees of 1.6 and a Total Injury Frequency Rate (TIFR) of 4.8.

  • Despite Holcim’s continuing efforts, 25 individuals lost their lives in 2014 while working for Holcim.

  • 20 were indirectly employed through contractors or service providers

  • A further 16 individuals not connected to Holcim lost their lives mainly as a result of traffic accidents with vehicles carrying Holcim products.

  • Holcim deeply regret these fatalities and will continue to work to pursue our “Zero Harm to People” objective. 

Pursuing safety excellence

To foster a culture where safety excellence is recognized and shared for the benefit of everybody, we have created an annual safety awards competition, which is now in its second cycle.

The competition rewards best practice at regional and global levels with additional credit given to initiatives which can (or have been) used elsewhere in the Group.

Embedding the Holcim Fatality Prevention Elements and the Contractor Safety Management Directives continues throughout the business. Holcim is in the middle of assessing progress against implementation across the Group to identify and address any performance gaps. 


Design Safety and Construction Quality Program

Following a tragic accident at the Bhatapara plant in India, a “Design Safety and Construction Quality Program” was launched in 2013 with the objective to prevent major hazards such as fires, explosions; geotechnical risks and failures of civil structures. As design, construction and operation of quarries and facilities are essential components to improve safety, its implementation will reduce the risks at their source.

Road Safety remains one of Holcim’s biggest challenges. Following the road safety study undertaken in 2012, an accident reduction program was launched in 2013 focusing initially on countries with a high accident rate. Findings and best practice from the program are disseminated throughout the Group. The program aims to strengthen performance in areas such as vehicle management, driver management, contractor management, journey management plus road and traffic conditions on our own sites.